The Bulgarian political landscape is much changed after the birth of a genuine civil society

Yavor Siderov, Bulgarian political commentator and analyst, paper for the fourth issue of the CEAS online quarterly The New Century

Javor Siderov

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Francis Fukuyama saw protest movements, emerging throughout the world as ‘the middle class revolution’, while David Rohde in The Atlantic called them ‘the revolt of the global middle class’. However, the upswings of civil disobedience in Brazil, Turkey and Bulgaria have important distinguishing features that defy easy classification. If you add to the mix the Occupy movement and especially the so-called Arab Spring, the differences will drown out the similarities to a point where comparisons have only heuristic utility – unless one resorts to sweeping generalization.

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Syrians are in urgent need of our help - Bashar Al-Assad must go

Haki Abazi, program director for the Western Balkans at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, paper for the fourth issue of the CEAS online quarterly The New Century

Haki abazi

Thirteen years ago I became refugee as result of the war that Milosevic was waging in the Balkans. I had lost many friends and hope for life. Only when NATO started to bomb military targets I got the hope back that one day peace will be restored.

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Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect doctrine at the UN General Assembly

Report on the fifth informal interactive dialogue on the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) at the UN General Assembbly for the fourth issue of the CEAS electronic quarterly The New Century


On 11 September 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York held its fifth annual informal, interactive dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP, R2P). The dialogue was based on the UN Secretary-General and UNGA Vice President Ban Ki-Moon’s fifth report entitled “State Prevention and Capacity” and focused on the first pillar of the norm, which articulates that states have the primary responsibility to protect their own populations from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing.

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Between Resolutions and Intervention

Tamara Kaliterna, CEAS Associate, paper for the fourth issue of the CEAS online quarterly The New Century

UNSC Syria

The civil war in Syria has been taking place for two and a half years now. It started off as a mass protest against the Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, but turned into a bloody civil war with 110,000 victims and around 2 million refugees and displaced persons. Civilians make up for 40 to 60 percent of those killed or missing. The armed conflict began on March 15, 2011, as a series of demonstrations inspired by the so-called Arab Spring. The efforts of Syrian authorities to suppress the demonstrations with the help of the military has, however, led to an escalation of violence, and groups of demonstrators armed themselves and, by summer of 2011, organized the so-called Free Syrian Army. This is the first official anti-government armed formation. As the war progressed, opposing groups – including soldiers supported by Al-Qaeda – will lead to tensions among the anti-Assad forces.

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How to a more effective defense and security sector in the EU?

Sanja Mešanović MSc, CEAS Researcher, paper for the fourth issue of the CEAS online quarterly The New Century

Sanja Mešanović

Nearly five years ago, at the European College in Bruges, a debate was organized on the relationship between NATO and the EU and the challenges put before the EU by the increasingly significant security challenges. Speaking of the Common Security and Defense Policy, the debate participants cited an extensive number of programs in the defense industry field, and duplication of capacities, which reduces interoperability as the main challenges to the Policy‘s implementation.

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Why a public debate on Serbia’s NATO membership is needed

Jelena Milić, CEAS Director, foreword for the fourth issue of the CEAS electronic quarterly The New Century


„Critics of the current Government will not bring Serbia down.“
Aleksandar Vučić, the show „Teška Teč“, TV Pink, 29.9.2013.

L'État, c'est moi – the principle based on which ever more openly the Progressive Party leader, the First Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia and the Coordinator of all security services, Aleksandar Vučić, is attempting to reign over Serbia, is not complementary with the notion of a modern, stable, democratic country in the 21st century, with a clear separation of powers, rule of law and respect for human rights.

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